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The U.S. Army, GM and Raytheon Join Forces [Travel & Leisure Close - Up]
[August 01, 2014]

The U.S. Army, GM and Raytheon Join Forces [Travel & Leisure Close - Up]

(Travel & Leisure Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The U.S. Army, General Motors and Raytheon Company reported that they are teaming up to provide eligible transitioning Army soldiers with skills to become service technicians at GM dealerships after they return to civilian life.

According to a media release, the Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program, a multi-year partnership between the two companies and the Army, will begin in August at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Raytheon said the program consists of a 12-week customized, on- base technician training curriculum that includes classroom, online and hands-on technical training.

"Soldiers transitioning to civilian life bring exceptional training, values and experience to American communities and their civilian workforce," said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. "Properly supporting our veterans requires a team approach from the Army, other government agencies and the local community." "Shifting Gears illustrates GM's commitment to serving those who serve America," said Steve Hill, GM vice president, U.S. Sales and Service. "GM has supported the U.S. military for 100 years. From providing purpose-built vehicles in conflict situations to today's support for veterans and returning military personnel, we continue to be their strong allies." The training will be conducted by Raytheon Professional Services (RPS).

"Young Army veterans face unemployment rates that are more than double the national average. Raytheon sees this partnership with GM and the Army as an opportunity to reduce those alarming statistics by helping position former service members for new opportunities," said Lynn Dugle, President of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "We look forward to helping train veterans through the Shifting Gears program, and continuing the work we do with the Army including our role in training almost every active service soldier." General Motors is an automotive company.

Raytheon Company provides electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services.

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